Peralta vows fair ruling in VP poll protest

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 8) — Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta on Friday said that he will be objective on the poll protest filed by former Senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo, wherein the Supreme Court acts as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).

“In so far as the PET case, I've been always objective with the performance on my work, I always rely on the evidence submitted and the law applicable,” said Peralta.

Peralta, who was then still an associate justice, who authored the SC decision that allowed the burial of the ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in 2016.

“It's not correct that I've been favoring the Marcoses, it's the only decision that I favored the Marcoses, it's only the burial,” said Peralta.

He pointed out that the law does not prohibit the burial of a president at the Libingan .

“In the case of the burial, there is no law or a resolution prohibiting the burial of a president. So what shall we do? We cannot resolve cases based on public opinion,” said the chief justice.

On the other hand, Peralta also said that the PET allowed both parties of Marcos and Robredo to photocopy some documents they needed.

“We granted their motion to photocopy the documents that they need, but after photocopying all these documents they will now submit their comment within 20 days period from the time they finished photocopying the documents,” he said.

However, Peralta admitted that there is no definite timeframe yet on the poll protest.

“I cannot exactly tell the period because it will depend on the comments by both parties, regarding their comments on the result, on the protest, and also on the third cause of action filed by Bongbong Marcos,” he said.

The former senator is claiming that he was “robbed” of the vice-presidency, while Robredo maintained her victory, with her votes widened in the recount.

There are less than three years left in the vice president's six-year term.